The US is now up to more than 35 states that have legalized the medical use of cannabis, and more than 15 that have also legalized cannabis for adult use, taxing and regulating it similarly to alcohol. This has made it not only far more socially acceptable to be a cannabis user, but it has allowed for a massive boom in the cannabis industry in general. This boom has led to not only innovation in the industry but has also paved the way for many people who want to try cannabis for the first time.
The cannabis world is relatively expansive, however, and sometimes it can get overwhelming seeing all of the different options and ways there are to enjoy it. While this can be intimidating to potential enthusiasts, one of the most popular ways for those new to the cannabis world to take their first foray into the space is to start with cannabis gummies. If you think trying some adult fruit snacks might be right up your alley, stay tuned, here’s everything you need to know about cannabis gummies.
What Are Cannabis Gummies?
Cannabis gummies are chewable edibles that have the texture of fruit snacks or gummy bears and are infused with cannabis extracts. These extracts can feature THC, CBD, or other cannabinoids as their main attraction, and are available in just about any flavor and dosage you could ever need. There are even kits and appliances you can buy to make your own gummies, so you always have the dosage and flavors you want.
The Effects Of Cannabis Gummies
Cannabis gummies will often have the same types of effects that one would see in cannabis flowers or concentrates, though it will affect the user a little differently since it’s edible and needs to be digested before taking effect. There are gummies made with sativa, indica, and hybrid strains, and the effects the user feels will be commensurate with the strain, though in many cases the effects can be more potent.
How Long Will You Feel Them?
Edibles will take a little longer to take effect, as a general rule, and since they can last longer than smoking, it is always recommended that new users dose with care. Cannabis gummies can take anywhere from 15 minutes to about 45 minutes to begin to kick in.
Once the user begins to feel the effects of the gummies, they can expect to feel similar effects for between the next 4 n 8 hours. This is why it’s important for new users to dose slowly, waiting at least an hour between each dose, and take an honest inventory of how they are feeling before deciding to take more. Buy the ticket, take the ride.
What Is The Difference Between CBD & THC?
THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis and is responsible for most of the pleasurable feelings that you experience while taking cannabis. CBD is a similar cannabinoid, and although it is not psychoactive and will not get you “high” in the same sense that THC will, many users report a calming sensation or relaxed feeling while consuming CBD gummies. CBD gummies are more often used for pain and stress management where the psychoactive component is undesirable or even still illegal.
What Is The Difference Between Delta-8 & Delta-9?
While they are both incredibly similar, they are very different in the eyes of the federal government. Delta-9-THC is the usual THC that everyone knows and loves, even though it remains federally illegal at the time of writing. Delta-8-THC, however, is a milder version of Delta-9, and while it produces toned-down versions of the same effects, it can be completely sourced from CBD hemp, making it completely legal, federally.
Since a recent Farm Bill permitted US farmers to grow hemp as long as it contained less than 0.3% THC, this means that all CBD products and by proxy, Delta-8 products, are federally legal. Delta-8 has, however, been regulated in many areas on a state or local level, so be aware of the laws in your area.
Are Cannabis Gummies Right For You?
Only you will be able to tell for sure if cannabis gummies are right for you since it is such a personal decision. However, if you are interested in experiencing one of the safest recreational activities, cannabis gummies are a great place to start, just keep in mind what you want them for and the desired effects. A few packs of gummies will let you feel the effects, gain some of the potential benefits, and eventually allow you to begin to expand your cannabis repertoire.